Psychology of Mental Health Summer 2014

About this class

This course will explore behaviours by contrasting that which is considered abnormal via DSM diagnosis with what contemporary society deems to be normal.  Perspectives will be taken to explore, explain and consider treatment for situations considered to be representative of mental illness all in the pursuit of understanding and promoting mental health.

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by Ziying Feng on June 12, 2014   Summary of the Moncton Shootings

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webpage: Title: Three RCMP officers shot dead in Moncton, N.B., manhunt on for suspect. User: EmmaGonzalez Class: Psychology of mental health  

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by mattymo on June 9, 2014
Summery of the Moncton Shooting A gun loving man named Justin Bourque went on a rampage shooting and killing three RCMP officers. The police were on a manhunt until the said shooter was apprehended and arrested. There are still no motives for the killings.   Summery of the June 9th artical

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by joeycheaib on June 9, 2014
This article explains some of the problems with the connection that has been made in North America between mental health and addiction. The article states that since the 1980s these two health issues have been intertwined and treated as equals. It makes a good argument for why they should not be. The article provides examples such as the Mental Health Commission of Canada, who combine mental health and addiction as well as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario as well as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the United States.  

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by Bryant Richards on June 5, 2014
This is a short article of good quality regarding a doctor, formally of the VA and her experiences working for the institution. It is extremely relevant due to the fact that the VA has come under a fair amount of heat due to the massive amount of prescription drugs they have been giving to veterans recently. These drugs, predominantly opiates, have been the cause of massive amounts of addiction and overdose among American veterans in recent years.  

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by mattymo on June 3, 2014
  This artical explains the different health issues that teens and edolenceses that have to deal with such as depression being number one, car accidents are the second cause, and aids that which any and all may lead to suicide. It has also been said that girls in other countries have been lead to suicide due to young pregnancies.  

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by EmmaGonzalez on June 3, 2014
How social media can fuel eating disorders Link: User:EmmaGonzalez Psychology of Mental Health Summer 2014, Centennial College  

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5 years 10 months ago

Amazing. I'm so glad she got better. A large part of overcoming anorexia is recognizing you have a problem, and she did--thankfully. An interesting note on anorexia though; the part of there brain that perceives themselves in reflective surfaces does not light up as much as those without anorexia. This leads to them literally seeing a fatter version of themselves in the mirror. It is because of this that it is extra important to be diagnosed as soon as possible if you have anorexia.

Anyways, thank you for the article!

6 years 4 weeks ago

According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, students who studied with music playing had lower average tests scores than those who didn’t. However the scores also varied depending on whether the student routinely played music while studying and by the type of music played. That being said, i believe everyone is different and choosing to study for ones own reasons and doing it they way one believes it will be the most affective is usually the most affective. People who choose to listen to music because they believe it will help them, are the students who do it the most and have statistically better grades, than those who simply put music on, so as to more enjoy studying. As you said education is something that many citizens of developed countries take for granted and it is not as appreciated as it should be. That being said over studying can be very detrimental to mental health. Over studying and constantly stressing about ones studies can lead to massive amounts of anxiety. While education is something we should be grateful to have, it is important that we study in ways which are not causing negative side affects to hour mental health. It is important that one studies because one wants to, for ones self. It is also important that one learns the most affective way to study for ones self. We are all individuals and must learn to study better, more healthily and be more appreciative of our opportunity to to so.

6 years 4 weeks ago

While Ipad usage and the usage of other computer and tablet devices has risen in schools in the last 5 years I do not believe it is better for children. While we believe we know some of the negative effects of these technologies we do not know all of them and there has not been enough research done to show that these would overall benefit the average student. The reality is we do not know the affects these devices will have on the developing mind of a child. This is made clear by Dr. Gary Small in the following quote. “We really don’t know the full neurological effects of these technologies yet,” He works as director of the Longevity Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the author of “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.” A recent report by the Millennium Cohort Study, a long-term study group in Britain, followed 19,000 children born in 2000 and 2001, and found that those who watched more than three hours of television, videos or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by the time they were 7 than children who did not. Although Ipads have the potential to be cheaper and more efficient then pen and paper one must consider the number of hours one is adding to a child's daily screen use by implementing ipad use in schools. Some students with learning disabilities and some without, may very well benefit from the use of Ipads in schools but i am strongly against the forceful implementation of technology when we do not know the extent of the negative affects it can have on children.

6 years 4 weeks ago

That's happening a lot in Canada too. My mom actually almost died because of this once.

Now it's not like I don't understand why the doctors and nurses have to act they do. They are under-budged and under-staffed, so they do need to cut some corners and manage their times. That said, it doesn't mean that I agree with how the decided to deal with the issue.

I feel that too many doctors and nurses have decided that good and respectful service along with showing concern for their many patients is irrelevant so long as good treatment is given. If indeed, that was their logic then I believe that they are wrong. Because I think we all know that just leaving all those patients there waiting for their treatment is going to do nothing good for their hearts and mind.

Like imagine, you are in this waiting room with dozens of miserable and sick people, and that makes you feel bad and makes you think of negative thoughts. That's certainly going to heavily affect the mental health of anyone in there, who due to fact that they are already sick, already have a pretty bad mental health, because they just feel bad. So this becomes a vicious cycle, where these people who came to get better, are steadily getting worse because their surroundings are just casting such a negative psychological environment.

That's not to mention the stress that the patients and their loved ones will feel. Because they are just going to wait in the hospital for hours without getting any treatment or any diagnosis whatsoever, and all the while they know that something is wrong with their loved ones and they are surrounded by staff members who keep working desperately on other cases. SO that creates stress that just wrecks the mental health of the patients, which will cause their problems to become even worse.

Honestly, I feel that if Hospitals want to be better, we might want to have some kind of completely changing on the system. Where we have staff members who understand the psychological impact that their actions have on their patients. Where we have to change the environment around so that it isn't so depressing and negative all the time.

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6 years 4 weeks ago

I understand that you feel that the growing prevalence of the is something that worries you. In many ways you are right. After all, like you said, there are many physical health concerns that have risen alongside with video games, such as more and more people wearing glasses. So to you it must seem that those who like playing these games are morons who are wasting away their health.

However that's actually not the case. In this day and age, playing video games is something that is very important for a lot of people. Because for them, playing video game helps them maintain a good mental health, it fulfils psychological needs. The most basic of these needs are the same needs that you fulfil with football. When you play football, you are accomplishing two important psychological functions.

First, you are relieving the stress that you have gained during your day. That's important because stress is bad. It has an important influence on both you mental state and your physical state. Having a large amount of it will cause your psychological and mental capabilities to deteriorate until you can't do anything anymore. Too much stress and you will literally die, not even joking. People play video games because it is a great and convenient way of getting rid of stress. So for them, it is healthy.

Second, you are socialising and interacting with other people, that's huge. Humans are at their core social animals, we are psychologically wired to seek out other people and we function better with other people. With that, one's mental stability and mental health will take a sharp dive into crazyland. So not socialising at all will literally make someone insane. A lot people who plays video games these days, play with their friends or gain friendships in games. It's a much more convenient and a lot faster way of meeting, interacting and working with other people.

Now you might ask; ''What is the point of having good mental health when you are neglecting your physical health?'' Well, one's mental health is just as important as their physical health, they are linked and influences each other. If you have great mental health, but poor physical health, you'll probably die. If you have great physical health, but poor mental health, you'll probably commit suicide. That's how it works. So the key is balance and moderation.

In fact, I suggest that you start playing some video games. Since it might help balance your life and help you achieve better psychological health. Of course, if you would like to understand why some of the people you know like playing games so much, but you don't believe what I wrote. Well, go talk to them, go ask them, go have a conversation. No matter what conclusions you arrive at then, you'll still be doing a favor to you and your friend. As I said, interacting with people you know and like is a good way of dealing with stress and is good for you psychologically. So you'd be making the mental health of multiple people better.

6 years 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting topic but I am surprised that they did not consider that cellphones aren't the problem. Perhaps many of these adolescents aren't staying up because of their cellphones, instead they are staying up because of some type of sleep disorder and their cellphone is a great way to pass the time when they are unable to sleep. 20% of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep, and sleep disorders are becoming more and more common. I can't think of any better way of spending that time staring at the ceiling, then using my phone to communicate with others and surf the web.

6 years 4 weeks ago

Great summary and the statistics are great but I believe this article is forgetting to mention one of the most recurrent causes of homelessness. The article forgets to mention mental disorders and how many lives they destroy. Many people suffer from different mental disorders like schizophrenia, but are never given the opportunity to not only find help, but are also never even given a diagnosis. These people live with these disorders, they eventually destroy their social life as well as their work until they end up homeless. I think there needs to be more emphasis on helping these people and preventing cases like these from happening.

6 years 4 weeks ago

Great summary and the statistics are great but I believe this article is forgetting to mention one of the most recurrent causes of homelessness. The article forgets to mention mental disorders and how many lives they destroy. Many people suffer from different mental disorders like schizophrenia, but are never given the opportunity to not only find help, but are also never even given a diagnosis. These people live with these disorders, they eventually destroy their social life as well as their work until they end up homeless. I think there needs to be more emphasis on helping these people and preventing cases like these from happening.

6 years 4 weeks ago

This article explores the underlying truth that there are plenty of people suffering from mental illnesses but are not seeking help, instead they allow their timidness to get the best of them, suffering from their poor mental health. It is difficult for a person mentally ill to admit they need help. Compassion goes a long way, however a large statistic of mentally ill people cannot seek compassion because they are too shy. I propose better mental health education dé a young age to promote mental health, their effects and on the proper ways and services there are to treat it.

6 years 4 weeks ago

This article introduces "Friends For Mental Health" a non-profit organization that provides aid to families who are affected my mental health issues. This non-profit organization has already proposed a method of improvement towards dealing with mental health issues. A family member who suffers from mental health problems impacts the rest of his or her family. It is important to address these issues and learn ways to cope. This organization recognizes the overall impact mental illness has on family and addresses the issues, providing help

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